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Dr. Martin Raboy Chiropractor

My name is Dr. Martin Raboy, and I am a practicing chiropractor for over twenty-five years. I studied chiropractic at Cleveland Chiropractic College, Los Angeles, graduating in 1985. I received my California license in 1986 and two years later made an "aliyah". I worked for approximately a year and a half in Tel Aviv and then opened my Haifa clinic in 1991, at the Horev Center, where I stayed for 18 years. In 2010 I relocated to Ramat Sapir.

Many years ago, I was fortunate enough to work alongside an anesthesiologist on a research project designed to measure the efficacy of combining chiropractic along with epidural steroid injections in managing severe acute lower back pain. Quite often the results were amazing: every so often, a new patient would arrive at the clinic with severe lower back pain, bent at the waist, lower back hot and swollen. I was then able to order up an epidural, and in the great majority of cases, the patient had sufficient relief for me to be able to begin chiropractic treatment.
This experience also afforded me an inside view of traditional medicine, a very rewarding experience. One of the most important things I learned during this research was the need to be open to different types of treatment, working parallel routes for the benefit of the patient. As chiropractic is focused on the mechanics of the body, helping it regenerate and defer deterioration, it cannot,
at times, provide immediate pain relief, and thus incorporating medicine into the treatment every so often was very welcome. I am therefore an ardent supporter of integrative health care,
with different professions working not only simultaneously but even jointly.

In practicing chiropractic, I place great importance on preventive care, a concept which is not unusual in my profession. There are two things I find supplement chiropractic treatment: Tai Chi, and whole-food plant-based nutrition, both of which I would now like to discuss.

In the clinical environment, one of the most frustrating problems is having similar patients with similar health issues respond differently to treatment; one case is agreeably resolved while the other case lingers, or indeed never improves. Why is this so? What is it about the individual biomechanics of the patient which prevents the spine from healing? My observations while swimming on a regular basis, three times a week for ten years, brought this concern to the forefront. I would see the same people swimming, week after week, year after year, who simply did not appear to be much better off in terms of structure, movement, walking patterns and flexibility. We’ve always been told that swimming is the best exercise for the spine. Is this truly the case? And if not, what is? This query led me to the Eastern art of Tai Chi.

Having originated in Yoga, Tai Chi evolved into an art of movement and propulsion, with much of it based on balance and muscle relaxation rather than fixed positions. Since I began studying Tai Chi in 2003, I have achieved a better, deeper understanding of the nuances of motion. I have come to understand that the spine functions much like a spring – something I named “The Atlatl Principle” – with each undulation helping the body restore its balance, gain propulsion and maintain inertia. Through my newfound understanding of the spine, what was once unseen is now clearly visible, making spinal treatment and rehabilitation more effective. Two people may look the same, but move quite differently, a fact that Tai Chi helps identify. I am better able to fill the gaps in identifying imbalance in the patient’s body, realize its deficiencies and identify problems which derive from its attempt to compensate for these deficiencies. This is one of the most important tools I have acquired in my professional life.

As health care professionals we need to ask ourselves – what is the foundation of health? The answer may well be found at the tips of our forks. With the growing understanding of the importance of preventive health care, research demonstrates that the most effective tool in maintaining health and preventing disease can be found in whole-food plant-based nutrition. I have recently completed a certificate program on plant-based nutrition offered by Professor T. Colin Campbell of Cornell University. Professor Campbell is the author of The China Study, a thirty-year research of diet and health and specifically the disastrous effects of animal protein consumption, now recognized as a major factor in heart disease and cancer in the West, as well as a known active agent in diabetes, obesity and high cholesterol. The importance of these finding cannot be overstated in the general discussion of physical health.

The famous quote by Thomas Edison rings true, perhaps now more than ever: "The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease."

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